Paleo Diet for Autoimmune Diseases

The Paleo diet is designed for people with autoimmune disorders, especially Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  For those who want to try, please consult your physician.   This diet do not include any dairy, grains, nuts- which may make it difficult to stay on.  However, it maybe worth a try if you do have autoimmune disorders.

In addition, if you have an autoimmune condition, you should completely avoid:

So, just as some foods should be eliminated, there is also a focus on eating more of the following:

  • organ meat and offal (aim for 5 times per week, the more the better)–read more here.
  • fish and shellfish (wild is best, but farmed is fine) (aim for at least 3 times per week, the more the better)–read more here and here.
  • vegetables of all kinds, as much variety as possible and the whole rainbow, aim for 8-14 cups per day
    • Green vegetables
    • Colorful vegetables and fruit (red, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white)
    • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips, arugula, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, watercress, mustard greens, etc.)
    • Sea vegetables (excluding algae like chlorella and spirulina which are immune stimulators)
  • quality meats (grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild as much as possible) (poultry in moderation due to high omega-6 content unless you are eating a ton of fish)
  • quality fats (pasture-raised/grass-fed animal fats [rendered or as part of your meat], fatty fish, olive, avocado, coconut, palm [not palm kernel])
  • fruit (keeping fructose intake between 10g and 20 g daily)
  • probiotic foods (fermented vegetables or fruit, kombucha, water kefir, coconut milk kefir, coconut milk yogurt, supplements)–read about them here and here.
  • glycine-rich foods (anything with connective tissue, joints or skin, organ meat, and bone broth

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What kind of protective sunglasses is right for you?

The right pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays (UV) and high-energy visible (HEV) light — light from the blue part of the spectrum, implicated in cataracts and retina damage.

Protective sunglasses also shield away wind and sunlight that makes dry eye symptoms worse.

You can find affordable and protective sunglasses by following these tips:

Evaluate claims. There are no federal standards for sunglasses, so labels are often inconsistent and confusing. A sticker that says “blocks UV” or “UV-absorbent” is meaningless because it doesn’t tell you how much UV is blocked. Choose sunglasses with stickers that claim to block a specific percentage of UV, such as “99% to 100% UV absorbent.”

Don’t be fooled. Darker lenses don’t mean better UV protection. Unless darker lenses are fabricated to block UV, they can be more harmful than wearing no sunglasses. That’s because they cause pupils to dilate, allowing more UV light into the eyes. Lenses should be dark enough so that you can’t see your eyes when looking in the mirror, but light enough to see curbs, stoplights and stairs.

Hit the right price point. It’s possible to find great, protective sunglasses in the $20 to $60 range. More expensive sunglasses are not necessarily better, but super-cheap sunglasses (less than $20) are less likely to offer adequate protection.

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Omega 3 Fish Oil May help Wet Macular Degeneration.

A new study shows that omega-3 fatty acids could help with wet macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is expected to increase by 50% in older adults in industrialized countries by 2020. As the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly, it is a condition of serious significance. The macula is the central part of the retina. While it makes up only about 2% of the total retina, the brain devotes half of its visual processing network to information from the macula. It is responsible for central vision. The retina is a thin layer of nerves and visual receptors at the back of the eye that houses the rods and cones. It transmits visual signals to the brain. It is supported by the choroid, a network of blood vessels that feed and nourish the retina.

There are two forms of macular degeneration: wet and dry. In wet macular degeneration the chief cause of vision loss is the growth of new blood vessels (neovascularization) in the choroid. These new blood vessels then leak blood, adding debris that clouds the retina and sometimes results in a retinal detachment. One potential treatment for wet macular degeneration is reducing neovascularization (new blood vessels) with a series of injections such as Lucentis, Avestin or Eylea.

A new in vivo study shows that omega-3 fatty acids can radically reduce neovascularization in the choroid. The effect seems to be the result of metabolites of omega-3 fatty acids produced by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. Mice fed omega-3′s had statistically significant lower rates of neovascularization. This offers promising hope for those suffering from wet macular degeneration, which comprises about 10% of all AMD cases.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found most plentifully in fish oil and krill oil, which is readily available in health food stores. There are vegetarian versions as well through algae sources.

Study: Cytochrome P450-generated metabolites derived from ω-3 fatty acids attenuate neovascularization, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1401191111

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It is believed that macular degeneration is a caused at least in part by accumulation of unwanted proteins, lipids and debris in the eye.

TheraLife MaculaEye formula works to improve the integrity of the retina membrane by preserving and improving permeability to optimize fluid and protein transport.

This facilitates the transport of unwanted lipids, proteins out of the eye in order to improve and prevent vision loss.

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Elimination Diet to Relief Dry Eyes

 

Colorful fresh group of vegetables and fruitsI have been taking TheraLife Eye for 4 years now.  I have allergies and my eyes are always itchy.  Recently, I tried and Elimination Diet which gave me further improvement.

This diet includes, No Gluten, No refined sugar, No dairy, and No caffeine. Also No GMO corn products. After two weeks on the diet, I had an appreciative change in my eye health – No redness, always moist and no itching senzation. This diet is not difficult to follow as one may think because  many restaurants provide great choices nowadays to allow you to stay on this diet, including Starbucks with no caffeine passion ice tea.   I continue to take TheraLife Eye for dry eye relief.  Adding this diet allowed me to be allergy free.

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Azithromycin -Better Than Doxycycline for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

Azithromycin more effective than Doxycycline for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Blepharitis.

There are several studies concerning the use of topical azithromycin in ocular surface diseases. . Dr. Gary Foulks and his group at the University of Louisville compared the effectiveness of topical azithromycin versus oral doxycycline therapy in meibomian gland dysfunction ( Belpharitis) Twenty-two subjects were treated with topical azithromucin solution for one month and seven subjects were treated with oral doxycycline for two months. The study concluded that while both topical azithromycin and oral doxycycline improved clinical signs and symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction, the “response to azithromycin is more rapid and more robust than doxycycline.”

Yet another study from the Ohio State University School of Optometry evaluated the efficacy of a four-week treatment with topical 1.0% azithromycin solution versus rewetting drops in patients with contact lens related dry eye. An over two-hour improvement in comfortable contact lens wear time was noted throughout the four-week study period with azithromycin solution use.

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Punctal Plugs – Dry Eye Treatment-

Punctal plugs may not work for everyone who has dry eyes.  Here are some of the reason you should be aware of before getting them instilled in your eyes.

What are Punctal Plugs?

Punctal plugs are designed to plug up the tear ducts to stop the drainage of tears into your sinus.  Punctal plugs are often used for people who do not respond to eye drops.

Tear ducts function by providing drainage for debris and bacteria to drain and clean the eye.

Possible outcomes by of punctal plugs:

1. When the tear ducts are plugged, the accumulation of bacteria and dirt increase the chances for eye infections

2. Some people experience irritation, swelling, due to allergic reactions to the punctal plug materials.

3. Punctal plugs can be removed by flushing with saline.

4. Punctal plugs often fall out by themselves.

Why punctal plugs do not always work for chronic dry eye?

For people with severe chronic dry eyes, there are simply not enough tears to shore up, therefore, punctal plugs are not enough!

How does your tear secretion glands work?

There are two important tear secretion glands that need to work simultaneously in order to relief dry eye symptoms.

1. Lacrimal gland which secretes tear volume.

2. Meibomian gland which secrete mucin, lipids, and proteins to thicken the tear.

Both glands must function together in order to provide tear with the right thickness (viscosity) and tear volume to provide comfort.

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Can Menopause Cause Dry Eyes?

Menopause and Dry Eye affects more than 60% of the women over 50.  Hormone imbalance is the key reason.  Symptoms of menopause hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, mood swings, fatigue, headaches and dry eyes.  The eyes usually feel dry, itchy, red, irritated and light sensitive.

The most common solution for dry eye remains to be eye drops-, which covers up the symptoms, and over time with frequent usage, the drops wash away the mucin, lipids and proteins that protect the eye.

When using eye drops, the eyes become conditioned to secrete less tears and become drier.  Another conventional approach is to block the eyes tear drainage system (punctal plugs) at the lower eyelids or sometimes both lower and upper eyelids.  In some cases, the drainage is permanently cauterized (closed) in order to back up tears to provide comfort.  In most cases, the plugs fall out, and the chances of eye infections increase due to poor drainage.

For moderate to severe dry eyes, very often, a prescription eye drop is used.  When patients have tried all these approaches and their eyes still hurt that is where TheraLife Eye Enhanced can help.

Why TheraLife Enhanced Dry Eye?

TheraLife Eye Enhanced is an all natural botanical product that stimulates the tear glands to secrete sustainable, balanced,  natural tears.  It does so by an intra-cellular mechanism called Mito-Activiation where intracellular activities of the tear glands increase and restore its normal function.  TheraLife has conducted clinical trials in patients with various dry eye and medical conditions with amazing results.  See section below, which describes the TheraLife Eye Enhanced Difference.

Hormone Balance is Vital to Menopausal Dry Eye in Women.

Menopausal dry eye is usually initiated by hormone imbalance.  For this reason, TheraLife sought for a product that will help achieve hormone balance during dry eye therapy in conjunction with TheraLife Eye Enhanced.

TheraLife Eye- Women’s Menopausal Support Formula is formulated to the exacting specifications of certified nutritionists. It contains recommended potencies of key ingredients, Black Cohosh plus soy isoflavones are combined with essential nutrients like calcium, folic acid, and B-vitamins, that have been shown to support normal hormonal levels during menopause. This synergistic blend includes standardized herbal extracts and other nutrients which, together, form a truly well-balanced and effective product for women. an all-natural, herbal supplements made with natural ingredients to provide natural menopause symptom relief including dry eyes.  These work naturally in the body to reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms.

Recommended Dosage TheraLife Eye-  Women’s Menopause Support:

TheraLife recommends 3 capsules/day of the TheraLife Dry Eye- Women’s Menopausal Support formula per day to produce optimum dry eye relief, taken along with TheraLife Eye Enhanced capsules.

Safety:

TheraLife Eye –Women’s Menopausal Support product has been tested to meet the highest standards. There are no known major side effects from the recommended use of TheraLife Menopausal

Support.  It does not contain artificial dyes, colors, preservatives, flavors, yeast, wheat, gluten, or lactose. Our top priority is our customers’ safety and satisfaction.

In addition to TheraLife Eye Enhanced, ThearaLife Eye- Women’s Menopause Support, we also recommend Primrose Oil and Fish Oil.  See section under Total Support for Menopause Dry Eye.

In addition to TheraLife Eye Enhanced, ThearaLife Eye- Women’s Menopause Support, we also recommend Primrose Oil and Fish Oil.

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Dry Eye Complaints in Doctor’s Offices.

Complaints for dry eyes ranks highest in patient complaints in the eye doctor’s offices compare to all other ailments.

Some interesting facts reported by  the “Industry News” article  AOA News

1) About half of all adults (48%) in United States experience one or more dry eye symptom(s) regularly.  That means out of 200 million people in United States, 96 million experience dry eye symptoms.

2) Ninteen Percent ( 19%) of women age 55 and older have experienced dry eye symptoms for more than 10 years.

3) More than half (69%) who experience one or more dry eye symptom(s) have not visited an eye doctor to treat these symptoms.

4) Of those who visited an eye doctor to treat their dry eye symptoms, nineteen percent (19% )visited more than once before finding relief and 22% reported that they still have not found relief.

The statistics are staggering.   Dry eye syndrome can impact quality of life, productivity,  work and can cause depression, among other ailments

The most common treatment has always been eye drops with or without preservatives.  Some use eye drops as often as every hour, and their eyes become drier and drier over time.  At the center of the problem s “inflammation” which  causes the tear secretion glands to shut down, eye drops only provide superficial temporary relief on the surface.  The underlying cause of dry eyes is under active tear secretion glands.

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In clinical trials, 80% of first time users experience relief.  Tear is balanced, sustainable and long lasting.

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Dry Eye Disease Management in Clinical Practices.

 

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We see a lot of dry eye customers who has gone to their eye doctor’s, and not getting relief.  This research study shows the perceptions of the dry eye disease management in current clinical practices.

Study Goal To assess the perceptions of eye care providers regarding the clinical management of dry eye.

METHODS: Invitations to complete a 17-question online survey were mailed to 400 members of the North Carolina Ophthalmology and Optometry Associations including community optometrists, comprehensive ophthalmologists, and cornea specialists.

Clinical Symptoms from patients.

1. Burning- most often complained symptom.

2. Foreign Body Sensation. P

3. Watery eyes

Treatment Recommendations

1. Artificial Tears – most often recommended

2. Cyclosporin A

High rate of failure is observed using eye drops

Other disorders in addition to dry eye disease.

1. Rheumatoid arthritis,

2. Sjögren syndrome,

3. Anxiety and depression,

4. LASIK, Smoking, Thyroid Diseases

CONCLUSIONS: The survey provided an informative snapshot into the preferences of eyecare providers concerning the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease. Overall, burning was the most common symptom reported by patients. Providers relied more on patient history in guiding their clinical decisions than objective signs. The survey underscores the incongruence when comparing subjective symptoms with objective signs, thereby highlighting the urgent need for the development of reliable metrics to better quantify dry eye symptoms and also the development of a more sensitive and specific test that can be used as the gold standard to diagnose dry eye.

This is an abstract from Opthalmology Management
Williamson JF, Huynh K, Weaver MA, Davis RM. Eye Contact Lens. 2014 Mar;40(2):111-5.

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Chalazion caused by Demodex in Blepharitis

Chalazion is a lipogranulomatous inflammation of the meibomian gland. Due to the infiltration of giant cells in this chronic inflammatory granuloma, it is suspected that chalazia may be caused by a host response to foreign material derived from several pathogens, including mites. Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis are the most common mites that stay on the surface of our bodies. Prevalence in younger patients, less than 20 years of age is about 13 to 20% and this increases with age and approaches to 95 to 100% by age of 70 years.1-3 A few reports have described the presence of mites in tissue sections of a surgical specimen4 and in lashes of an adult patient with chalazia.5 Recently, Yam and co-workers conducted a retrospective study that reported a high incidence (72.9%) of Demodex infestation in 30 adult patients with recurrent chalazia.6

This week’s abstract focuses on a prospective, observational, comparative study that looked at patients with chalazia (44 adult and 47 pediatric patients) and compared them with age and gender matched patients (34 adult and 30 pediatric) without chalazia.7 This study was conducted at the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center (Guangzhou, China). Eyelash samples were collected and examined under a microscope for the identification and counting of Demodex mites. All patients (n=91) with chalazia underwent surgical removal of the lipogranulomatous lump and 74 of them were followed up for approximately 18 months after surgery. This study showed Demodex infestation was significantly more prevalent in patients with chalazia than in control patients as a group (69.2% vs 20.3%) and also when grouped into pediatric (70.2% vs 13.3%) and adult (68.2% vs 26.5%) subgroups (p < .001). Demodicosis was associated strongly with chalazia. Demodex brevis was significantly more prevalent than Demodex folliculorum in patients with chalazia. Patients with Demodex infestation tended to show recurrence, mainly in those with Demodex brevis.

This study suggests that ocular demodicosis is a risk factor for chalazia. Although crusts and debris on eyelashes is often a sign of Demodex infestation, eye doctors must pay careful attention for Demodex infestation while examining lumps and bumps on lids as well.

Treatment for Chalazion is hot compress – 4-5 times/day.  10-20 minutes each time.

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